After the death of his father King George V (Michael Gambon) and the scandalous abdication of Prince Edward VII's (Guy Pearce), Bertie (Colin Firth) who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of England. With his country on the brink of war and in desperate need of a leader, his wife, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter), the future Queen Mother, arranges for her husband to see an eccentric speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). After a rough start, the two delve into an unorthodox course of treatment and eventually form an unbreakable bond. With the support of Logue, his family, his government and Winston Churchill (Timothy Spall), the King will overcome his stammer and deliver a radio-address that inspires his people and unites them in battle. Based on the true story of King George VI, The King's Speech follows the Royal Monarch's quest to find his voice.
The multi-award-winning cast includes Helena Bonham Carter (Alice In Wonderland) as Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Guy Pearce (The Hurt Locker), Derek Jacobi (The Golden Compass), Timothy Spall (The Damned United) and Michael Gambon (Harry Potter).
The King's Speech will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on April 19, and you know we have to celebrate the Oscar winner for Best Picture. We have a new contest running and we're giving away copies of the Blu-ray to our readers. These high-def discs will go fast, so enter this contest today.
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Hop was the big winner at the weekend box office with an almost stunning $38 million take placing it well above industry expectations. Unsurprisingly, the crowd was mostly families and kids under 12. But the parents on my Facebook and Twitter feeds who dared venture out to take in this kid flick were almost universally underwhelmed by it. The kids liked it though, so that's something. It also had the biggest opening weekend of any movie this year. Easter comes early!
Jake Gyllenhaal didn't embarrass himself with the strong, it not wildly impressive, $15 million box office for Source Code. This should mean they'll make their money back (it only cost about $32 million to make) but it continues to cast doubt on Jake's ability to open a movie above the $20 million mark which usually denotes a major "movie star". That's OK. We still like him and its glowing reviews should mean it'll play well in the next few weeks like The Lincoln Lawyer and Limitless, two other "adult movies" that have been money makers these past few weeks.Read More
The Easter bunny movie you never asked for, Hop, bounces into theaters this weekend just in time for spring. The mixed live-action/animated pairing of Hugh Laurie and James Marsden should get enough parents and their kids to turn out for a weekend win - maybe. The film hasn't been tracking especially well and, along with its generally terrible reviews, is only expected to gross about $22 million (maybe it goes big and does $25M?). The good news for rabbit fans is that the film cost a meager $63 million, so it should recoup its cost relatively easily.
A more intriguing film opening today is the Jake Gyllenhaal thriller Source Code. It's been getting high marks (and includes the lovely Vera Farmiga and the always exceptional Jeffrey Wright) so it should play well with the older crowd and is positioned to take in something in the mid-to-high teens. So let's predict a solid $18 million for this high-concept action movie based on its positive reviews.Read More
The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that The King's Speech PG-13, the family-friendly version of its Academy Award-winning historical drama about King George VI, will open on 1,000 screens nationwide on April 1, and will be the only version available in theatres. One of the year's most celebrated, successful and beloved films, The King's Speech was honored at the 83rd Academy Awards with Oscars for Best Picture, to producers Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin; Best Director, to helmer Tom Hooper; Best Actor, to star Colin Firth; and Best Original Screenplay, to screenwriter David Seidler. The announcement was made by TWC's President of Theatrical Distribution and Home Entertainment Eric Lomis.
The emotional impact of stuttering that was illuminated by The King's Speech continues to be a topic of conversation with the recent statements by Vice President Joseph Biden about his own struggles with stammering. The release of The King's Speech PG-13 offers families nationwide access to a positive story about stuttering and overcoming obstacles and social stigmas.Read More
The 83rd Annual Academy Awards were held live from the Kodak Theater in Hollywood last night, and the excitement level was quite high. The King's Speech walked away as the biggest winner, taking home top prizes or Best Picture, Best Director (Tom Hooper), Best Actor in a Leading Role (Colin Firth), and Best Original Screenplay.
Other big winners included Best Actress in a Leading role Natalie Portman for Black Swan, Best Supporting actor Christian Bale for his role in The Fighter, and Melissa Leo for Best Supporting Actress.Read More